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Bert and Ernie are gay, Sesame Workshop confirms (but only if you want them to be)

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Sesame Workshop can say Bert and Ernie’s bath time adventures are platonic until they’re orange in the face, but even Sesame Street’s writers know the truth. Now, having been inundated with rampant speculation and more fan fiction than you can cram into Elmo’s bus, the suits behind the long-running kid’s program have stopped fighting.

Bert and Ernie are gay.

Well, if you want them to be.

“People can think whatever they want [about Bert and Ernie],” says Brown Johnson, the executive vice president of the Sesame Workshop, told The Hollywood Reporter. “You want to think they’re gay? OK. You want to think they’re not gay? They’re not gay.”

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So, no, it’s not an actual confirmation, and one shouldn’t expect to see the pair holding hands in any future episodes. It is, however, better than their previous claims that “they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation,” a stance that likely changed once they learned about furries and Venom-fuckers.

The bombshell dropped in a new retrospective, “50 Years of Sunny Days on ‘Sesame Street’: Behind the Scenes of TV’s Most Influential Show Ever,” that digs deep into the show’s birth, legacy, and evolution. Per the piece, the show’s 50th birthday also brings with it a new TV special, a 10-city road trip, and, as we previously reported, a new movie that’s said to star Anne Hathaway.

That’s a lot to chew on, as is the discovery made by the below tweet. Trouble in paradise?

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Randall Colburn

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.